Since the turn of the century, one filmmaker has become famous not for his quality of work, but rather the lack of it. I’m speaking of course of German director Uwe Boll.
Boll made a name for himself with a string of notable flops including “House of the Dead,” “Alone in the Dark,” “Bloodrayne” and “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale”. Since then he’s continued churning out films to smaller audiences but in doing so has been able to up the edginess and volatility with such films as “Assault on Wall Street” and most recently “Rampage: President Down”.
Now though, his filmmaking career is done with the helmer saying that ‘Rampage’ was his last film and he’s saying goodbye to the life of a movie director. The reason? He’s been self-financing his work all these years and can no longer afford to make the films he wants to make. He tells Metro this week:
“The market is dead, you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu-ray market worldwide has dropped 80% in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies.
I never had people giving me money. I’ve been using my money since 2005 and if I hadn’t made the stupid video game based movies I would never have amalgamated the capital so I could say, ‘Let’s make the Darfur movie.’ I don’t need a Ferrari, I don’t need a yacht. I invested in my own movies and I lost money.”
The announcement isn’t a big surprise. Last year, Boll released an expletive laden video in which he also suggested he was finished with filmmaking, venting his rage on comic book movies and the Hollywood system.